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Drug Abuser 02

By Shirley Rhodes

Are you or someone you know caught up in the cesspool of substance abuse and violence, be it physical, mental, or social?  The point of interest here is abuse and its’ effects physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. Though substance abuse is not defined by a certain group of people, in some way many lives are destroyed due to lack of knowledge, relationships and awareness. Determining the path that takes one on a journey, they may or may not be able to find their way back is a long and enduring process, just getting the individual to admit they have a problem and eventually deciding to seek help.

Not everyone have access to what they need for recovery and often feel that where they find themselves is their destiny. So, we as a society, family, friend must ask ourselves, how did this happen, what caused our loved one to choose this course in life? It all starts somewhere; there is a reason, a beginning. When we take time and evaluate the situation, the answer may actually be surprising.  Now let us begin by taking a hard look at three key points of interest.

  1. 1.     The beginning: Growth process of children
  2. 2.     Breaking down of the physical body
  3. 3.     Social influence (social status)

We as a community of believers must take an interest in all aspects of the lives of our families if we are to survive as a community.  Yes, that process begins with each one of us, and it begins as a growth process with our children.  The starting point for each of us is entering into the presence of Jesus and we can do this by saying, “God, you’re my refuge, I trust in you and I’m safe!”

That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you—under them you’re perfectly safe, his arms fend off all harm.

The Lion of the tribe of Judah (photo by Pastor Davis)

Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night and flying arrows in the day. Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will ever graze you.  You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, and watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God is your refuge, the High God your very own home. Evil can’t get close to you; harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

“If you will hold on to me for dear life,” says God; I’ll get you out of trouble, I’ll give you the best of care if you only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times. I’ll rescue you, I’ll give you long life, give you a long drink of salvation!” Psalm 91:1-16 (Mgs)

Children of God, the time has come for all of us to wake up and look around, be observant, there is trouble in the land, be attuned to each other.  Know that God has a plan for your life and He is working all things out.  We must come together as a family, as a community of believers and take responsibility for what is happening with our children, and  begin to demonstrate to them that there is a better way of life other than substance abuse and violence which is rampant in our communities;  it all begins with each of us as believers.  We must grow in God’s grace as we demonstrate to others, how they must adapt to the right way of living in this world and that is God’s way.  Our next lesson will continue to build on this one by stressing the GROWTH PROCESS of overcoming SUBSTANCE ABUSE, and VIOLENCE in our lives and the lives of our families.


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  1. Along with everything which seems to be developing inside this particular subject material, many of your viewpoints are generally rather refreshing. However, I appologize, but I can not subscribe to your whole idea, all be it radical none the less. It looks to everybody that your opinions are not entirely rationalized and in simple fact you are your self not entirely convinced of your argument. In any event I did take pleasure in examining it.

  2. Very Good article! Who is Shirley Rhodes?

    • Shirley Rhodes

      Jerry, I’m thankful you’ve taken time to read the post here and hope that it will reach many. We are all truth seekers and in answer to your question, who is Shirley Rhodes, I am a child of the King and connected to everyone here. Pastor Davis/Master Teacher is an inspiration and this ministry encourages my heart to share with others. Blessings

    • Shirley Rhodes

      Amen, the struggle is before us and helping others make wise choices and decisions will someday impact the world. Thank you for taking time to read and respond, my prayer is that you were blessed and that we all share in the needs of others. God bless you as you journey and live out your purpose in this life. Blessings

  3. On the subject of substance abuse and spirituality, specifically the Christian religion, consider the parallels between substance abuse and “gluttony.” Gluttony is the believe that all good and desirable things exist outside of oneself – and that one must “get those things for ourselves.” One can not hope to fill the hole left by the absence of spirituality by pursing exciting experiences. As long as we persist in waiting for the magic to begin, we fail to appreciate what magic might be working in the present moment. ABUSERS: You do not need to plan or anticipate or figure out where you are going or how to get there… the pleasure is in the journey itself. Satisfaction is not found in having a particular experience – it is found in the presence of Him/Her.


    True Neutral


    • Shirley Rhodes

      Kent thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts on this subject matter. Spirituality does indeed fill that void in life and as we journey, living in expectation of the greatness of what it offers in humble submission, we learn to grasp and appreciate the quality of our existance rather than quantity. God bless you and may your journey be one that’s lived with peace and contentment. Blessings

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